Criminology - Grangegorman

TU Dublin - Technological University Dublin

Criminology - Grangegorman

What is... Criminology?
The MA in Criminology in TU Dublin provides students with a strong theoretical grounding in, and understanding of, contemporary criminological issues as well as advanced training in research skills.

Subjects taught

Students will be required to complete four core modules, two optional modules and a dissertation.

Core Modules
• Criminological Theory
• The Criminal Justice System
• Criminal Psychology
• Research Methods
• Dissertation

Optional Modules (Students complete two of six optional modules):
• Criminal Law
• Desistance: The Route out of Crime
• Policing and Governance of Security
• Prisons and Imprisonment
• Studies in Victimology and Crime Prevention
• Youth Offending and Youth Justice Perspectives
• Law and technology

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements?
Students must normally hold a second class honours degree, higher division (2.1) or higher in the area of social science, law, sociology, psychology or cognate discipline. Please be sure to include transcripts of your final degree award at time of application. If this is not readily available please include transcripts of your academic career to date.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements but who have significant relevant professional or vocational experience will also be considered. In addition to the online application form, this latter category of applicants should include two written references with their application and also may be asked to present for interview.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate courses satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the course of study, applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific courses.

Application dates

Applications for courses commencing in September 2024 will open in November 2023.

Assessment Info

Assessment methods include examinations (in January and May/June), written assignments, individual and group presentations and a dissertation.


1 year
Mode of Study Full Time
Method of Delivery On-Campus

2 years
Mode of Study Part Time
Method of Delivery On-Campus

Full-time students attend lectures two late afternoons/evenings per week and part-time students attend on one late afternoon/evening per week (may require attendance on a second evening depending on the optional module selected in semester two, year 1). Please note lectures for both full-time and part-time students commence at 4pm. Students are required to complete substantial reading and written assignments outside of timetabled class hours. It is strongly recommended therefore that those in full-time employment complete the course on a part-time basis.

Enrolment dates

Commencement Date: September 2024

Post Course Info

What are my career opportunities?
The MA in Criminology provides the opportunity for those who work in the criminal justice system or related agencies to reflect on their work from within an academic discipline. It also provides graduate students with a thorough foundation in research methods, theoretical principles and contemporary debates as a prelude to a career in research, policy making, academia or further study (PhD.).

The course provides an excellent grounding for those seeking to pursue a career in research and/or policy making or for those seeking to pursue higher qualifications (such as MPhil or PhD degrees). The programme is also targeted at those working in, or aspiring to work in, the criminal justice field including lawyers, Gardaí, course officers, social workers, social care workers, psychologists, youth workers and related professionals.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MA PDip

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Evening,Full time,Part time

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